A Look Back at the Wettest Election Day Period On RecordNovember 6th, 2012 at 3:39 pm by Chad Evans under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog
It is a true irony that November 2-3, 1936 had the wettest Election Day period on record after the hottest, driest summer on record for our area. In fact, the 3.98″ on November 3 at Logansport & Monticello & the 3.86″ at Indianapolis still remain as the wettest November 3rd’s on record for those locations (Indianapolis records back to 1871……….Logansport Cicott Street records back to 1896, Monticello back to 1910).
Rainfall totals were impressive, but the ground was so dry from the summer drought that it soaked it up very well without flooding.
After several days of mild weather with highs in the middle to upper 60s, a strong storm system with deep tropical moisture & some severe weather in the southern U.S., passed. Behind it, it turned windy much colder. Election Day 1936 was a transition day between the warm, humid rainy & stormy weather & colder, gray, windy, gusty northwest wind-type weather. In fact, temperatures fell all day with a low stratus overcast strong northwest winds & a raw feel to the air after heavy overnight & morning rainfall.
In fact, by the end of November 1936, the drought was gone after increasing rainfall through the fall & the wet November. November 2-3, 1936 rainfall was a real blessing that put the nail in coffin with the Great Drought of ’36.